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To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee;Critical Evaluation of Literature by Paula O'Brien.

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'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee; Critical Evaluation of Literature by Paula O'Brien. The book we have been reading is 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. It was written in the 1960s but is based on events in the 1930s. I am going to discuss which character best deserves to be the hero in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. A hero is a man/woman noted or admired for nobility, courage or outstanding achievements. The novel is about a small town in the deep south of America. The story centres on the white people discriminating and being very racist towards Negroes. The story is narrated by a young girl called Scout (Jean Louise) Finch. She is growing up through-out the book and we see a change in her behaviour, thoughts and actions. Scout lives with her dad, Atticus, and her brother Jem. Atticus is a lawyer, and during the story Atticus defends a black man called Tom Robinson, who is in court because he was accused of raping the daughter of a white man. ...read more.

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I think this is noble. "Jem and I found our father satisfactory..." Atticus is a good father but does not show it much emotion. Atticus is also very strong mentally, but is much weaker physically. "Everybody in town's father was playing, it seemed, except Atticus." Here Jem does not want to go and see the football being played, because Atticus was too old to play. "A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will revise without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision..." Here Atticus is summing up his views of the case because before he is saying that all people make mistakes and in this quote to make their decision without their prejudices and that they will know that if they sentence Tom to be hanged, it is because of their prejudices not because of the evidence. Tom is the next person I think is partly a hero. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jem had been in a fight, defending Scout and himself, against Mr Bob Ewell, in the middle of the fight Boo jumped in and helped Jem. In the end, it was decided, Mr Ewell tripped and fell on his knife he was using as a weapon and Boo carried Jem home as he had been knocked out. "The man was walking in staccato steps of someone carrying a load to heavy for him..." Here, I think, Boo is a stereotypical hero, as is very strong. I will now discuss my conclusion to the question "Which character best describes to be the hero in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee? I think Atticus, Tom and Boo are all equally heroic but definitely not in the same ways. Atticus is a person who is very strong mentally, which is his heroic quality. I think Tom is a hero to all the black people who have lived and respected the whites with no questions asked. Whereas Boo is the physically person and that is why he is a hero. I think these three characters are all equally heroic, and I do not think you could choose between them. ...read more.

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